Just shy of the one-year anniversary of the daylight kidnapping and killing of a Brownsville man, the final suspect wanted in the slaying was taken into custody by Webb County Sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshals in Laredo, authorities confirmed.
Orlando Martinez Perez, 33, was detained in Nuevo Laredo on July 16 by Mexican authorities and turned over at the Laredo Port of Entry International Bridge 1, Webb County Sheriff spokeswoman Kristina Ramirez Guerra said.
Brownsville police spokesman Billy Killebrew said Perez has a lawyer and his bail was set at $1 million.
Juan Reyes Bocanegra, 22, was kidnapped and killed July 19, 2012, when a group of armed men stormed Mariscos Play Azul, a restaurant he owned on Military Highway 281. The men tied up employees and customers and then forced the man into his Chevrolet Tahoe, officials said.
Authorities found Bocanegra’s body in the Tahoe about an hour later, 12 or 15 miles away on a road north of Rancho Viejo, with a single bullet hole in his head, police have said.
Perez is the last of nine suspects arrested in the case. He was booked into the Cameron County jail late Friday afternoon on charges of aggravated kidnapping and capital murder.
Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio confirmed that his deputies went to Laredo to pick up Perez from the Webb County jail, where he was being held without bail pending extradition to the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Brownsville Police Chief Orlando C. Rodriguez was out of the office Monday and unavailable for comment on the developments.
Abraham Parra, 24, of Laredo, is the only suspect facing the death penalty in the case, court records reflect. He is charged with aggravated kidnapping and capital murder.
Last October, a Cameron County grand jury indicted Parra; Serafin Lazaro Lugo, 37, of Edinburg; Oscar Cisneros, 30, of Sullivan City; Victor Ernesto Matamoros-Orellana, 31, of Donna; Jorge Alberto Aleman, 21, of Donna; and brothers Leonardo Vasquez, 28, of San Benito, and Carlos Enrique Vasquez, 33, of Mercedes on capital murder by terror threat and aggravated kidnapping charges.
.Cameron County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Melissa Zamora confirmed in April that 15-year-old Jorge Alberto Castro will be tried as an adult in the case. He is charged with capital murder and five counts of aggravated robbery.
Parra and Lugo recently filed motions to suppress all statements they made to investigators. Those motions will be ruled on in early August.
Jury selection and trial are scheduled for mid-August.